Employees congregate around the water cooler to talk about the weekend’s events, spread office gossip, or discuss the new intern’s work performance. For companies, this creates an opportunity to spread the good word about sustainability and encourage participation in company sustainability programs. As anyone who’s ever worked in an office can tell you that water cooler talk can sometimes be a painful drudge. But as those same people will tell you, sometimes that painful drudge “sure beats workin’!” Realistically, the…
Starbucks introduces the $1 reusable plastic mug that bears the Starbucks logo and is white to match its disposable cups. The coffee chain will offer a dime discount to anyone with the reusable mug, hoping this will encourage coffee lovers to bring them in. This new offering comes in the wake of the Starbucks sharply reducing its goal of having 25% of its cups be reusable by 2015 to 5%.
But will it drive change?
If you are an enlightened business owner of an older family run restaurant, you might be feeling a little lost about going green, but there’s actually many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint without majorly overhauling your operations.
As we progress into the next year of 2013 we wonder how many companies will keep up with what consumers want, which are greener and healthier products. The world has become more Eco friendly over the last few years and manufacturers know that in order to please consumers they need to be offering green eco-friendly products that meets their demands, it has become somewhat of a standard practice.
Sandy’s water surge brought 13.88 feet of high water at the Battery in New York Harbor and devastating damage to life and property across New-York, New Jersey, Maryland and Philadelphia. Now that Sandy’s flood waters have receded, the problems facing homeowners have not. Another serious Sandy side-effect is a a threat to more property damage, health, not to mention additional clean-up costs. Mold.
Re-Nuble, a social enterprise is crowdfunding a campaign to develop local, community based recycling facilities. These facilities have a three-fold advantage- they help divert organic waste from landfills, convert it into compost and fertilizer for sustainable farming and generate renewable energy for communities. It is dedicated to redefining how the world generates energy, cultivates food, and manages the waste it produces. Are you in?
You’ve no doubt heard about the e-waste problems the world is facing as computers become obsolete and people toss them in favor of the latest and greatest technology. Do you even stop to wonder what becomes of your old monitors, keyboards, and computer towers when you send them away with the trash collector on designated pickup days? Do you know why you can’t throw electronics in the garbage like any other discard?
Ecouterre is the brainchild of Jill Fehrenbacher. Founded in September 2009, Ecouterre is a website devoted to the future of sustainable fashion design. By showcasing and supporting designers who not only contemplate cut, form, and drape, but also the garment’s social and environmental impact.
The Global Transition to a New Economy is a world map of innovative projects which challenge business as usual and make a contribution to the systemic change to the world economy which is urgently required. Together, the projects work to create a world which prioritizes human wellbeing with sustainability and within healthy environmental limits. This mapping tool is great for social and eco-entrepreneurs to see and learn from all the great new economy projects happening all over the world.